My coworker and I pick on each other with that phrase: Run, Forest, Run!
My oh my, life is busy! My job has changed dramatically of late. I am very happy to always be learning new things and to continue to work for a great institution until retirement. I love clothes, so choosing outfits for work each day is a joy to me. On the other hand, it’s hard to adjust to change. Suffice it to say that “Ms. Ellie” and I are on the road a lot each week.
Meanwhile, life while off the clock is full of fun, beautiful things!
Today has been a day of just working outside and planning a few days of outings since I have some time off.
I had the chance to visit my sweet mama on Sunday. I love her so! Jason and I decided last minute to ride out to see my mom and poppy, and we took the DJI Phantom 4 drone. It was such fun. Of course, my mom keeps her yard looking like a state park, so the pictures were awesome. I know it will be even more beautiful come springtime. She wanted it to be so we could see everything in bloom. Our recent cold has killed many of the blooms that were out early. It was still very, very beautiful at my sweet mama’s house.
Okay, okay, so it is barely winter. I know we cannot really even see spring on the horizon yet, but it is just the way I am. As soon as Christmas is over, I begin thinking about the coming springtime and plans for the garden. But first, let’s talk about Christmas. I had a delightful time with family. There was a lot of food, as always, and I am very thankful for that. I know there are many who do not have plenty; there are many who do not even have enough.
Prior to Christmas, my sweet mama (http://hennypennylane.blogspot.com) came to visit. We went to see my grandchildren, her great-grandchildren. What a special treat that as soon as the baby saw mama she put out her arms to her. She knew a sweet angel when she saw one!
I found this amazing little wooden cat pin recently at The Durham Rescue Mission store. I loved wearing this to visit my grandchildren! Especially the baby girl loved it. I have seven grands, by the way, two biologic and five steps, but my oh my, they are all such lovely, wonderful children, and I love them all!
My sweet little A, which should stand for “angel-baby,” loved cutting up with grandma in front of the iPad!
After Christmas, looking at the ornaments on sale at Morgan Imports in Durham, I spent some time with my maybe-someday-mother-in-law, a delightful energetic friend whose company I enjoy. The goal now is to get her together with my own sweet mom. I think we’d all have fun out shopping for a day! At any rate, I did not expect to fall in love with a hat while we were out shopping, but this hat feels like it has dreadlocks attached! And I have always secretly loved dreadlocks.
During the Christmas weekend, Jason and I spent some time with his family. I felt it was a complete necessity to get a picture of this rustic cast-iron pot that had been outside on the grill. Would you look at these beans! Oh, they were good.
Now, finally, Jason and I love to play music together and we love making videos. For Christmas I surprised him with a drone — the Breeze 4K (my Amazon affiliate link). We have been wanting more creative ways to video our music. Yesterday we took the Breeze outside for her maiden launch! Then we took her inside to check out what she could do inside. What fun! Look at Mars’ ears. So far, the Breeze has been an excellent choice for us. Soon we hope to share some more official reviews of the Breeze. Here is a tiny clip of what we did inside. Believe me, there is more video planned to follow this! NOTE: We returned the Breeze 4K and upgraded to a DJI Phantom 4 because the Breeze kept losing signal. I think the Breeze is a great selfie drone for low altitudes and indoors, but we constantly lost signal each time we went outside and flew above a certain altitude (not very high).
I sure remember tea parties and homeschooling with this sweet crew!
I remember baking with this little munchkin!
Those photos were taken in the summer of 2008! My, how times flies. Now they are all out working and independent. It is just hard to believe! Their oldest brother is not pictured here. He was already out working at that time. I continue to take my very emotional but necessary trip down memory lane by way of photo organization.
Music is such a part of my life. I find the more I listen, the more I want to listen. I’ve always loved writing, so songwriting seems a natural part of the healing process, or at least it has been for me. I would love to share another one of my original songs soon. Maybe Jason and I can record it and share it by way of a YouTube video. I think you might like it. I like it a lot, but perhaps it is because I relate to the words and the reasons I wrote it. Which takes us right back to the topic of songwriting and writing in general to help deal with tough emotions. No wonder I journaled all those years!
I am absolutely loving my new (to me) Guild guitar. Oh my goodness, does she ever sound good! She inspires me to practice even more! I am working on a set list that includes quite a few original songs. The goal is to play out in public, for money, next year. Not that it is about the money, but if you don’t book gigs, you don’t really play, and getting paid is usually part of the process. Even if it is just a hat laid out for tips!
Heavier strings on this new guitar mean deeper calluses! My fingers are sore all over again!
Things I love these days…
Update on the juicer…
I am still loving my Breville juicer. I like that it has fewer pieces than my old one. The pulp is contained in the same compartment as where the juice is actually spun out. I like that a lot. One less item to clean. The plastic, while sturdy, seems to me to be the type that might break if I dropped it from a decent height. I am not going to try that! So far I have been washing all pieces on the top rack in the dishwasher and they are doing great. Makes great juice and the pulp is DRY! Here is the link to the original post: http://www.amothersjournal.com/breville-juicer-compact-juice-fountain-700-watt/
This morning it is beautifully light around the blinds. Feels like promise and hope. Light is so wonderful, so necessary to do work, for those of us who work by sight and with our hands. I love the promise of a new day.
First of all, a marvelous website. A treasure of a find. This site has stirring photos and a wealth of information on gathering, harvesting, traditions, and more. I have only started to delve into this site: Gather Victoria. You might need a cup of tea before sitting down to browse this one. I will be placing a link to Gather Victoria on my page “Interesting Stuff from Around the Web.”
They grow so quickly. I see them and just want to squeeze them with joy and delight, but they sure do love their mama and daddy. They certainly know me as their grandma, or “mawmaw” as Grandson L likes to proclaim loudly, but the littlest would prefer I not scoop her up and keep her from her mama’s arms, and that is a sweet, sweet love between a mama and baby.
I love this picture, capturing the personality of Princess A as she watches a movie. She and her brother closest in age both love Frozen. Would not surprise me if that was what she was watching. I did not really even look at the movie. I looked at A. She balanced her wobbly self at the couch edge and wondered, is grandma going to scoop me up again? Yes!
You can see that A wants down, but she is not crying. She is familiar with me and feels safe, but her inclination is just go ahead and pass me to mama, please.
You can see Little Princes A wanting to move on to more familiar arms. So darling. That said, as they get older, they want to be with “mawmaw,” and I love that!
Meanwhile, daddy was holding Grandson G.
I am so thankful for my children! We have all come such a long way! I am very thankful to God, that He allowed me to know through the years that they would grow quickly; that He put in my heart a love for them to give them time and attention and to tell them about Him. We all still have a long road of healing. But we are getting there!